Casablanca soundtrack. The CD's "cover art"-to borrow such a lowly term for a work of art- features this lovely composition of scenes from the film in vibrant color. The painting's palette of deep, rich browns and oranges matches the deepness and richness of the story and somehow seems quite apropos considering the Moroccan setting. The detail work is completely marvelous- Ingrid Bergman's Elsa looks as breathtaking as she was on the silver screen- except in this instance- she's in color. And what lovely color!
|Casablanca(1942): Film still|
|A view of Dudash's original painting|
Casablanca (1992): oil on linen
The nature of the artist, in this case, is slightly irrelevant- no disrespect to Dudash who certainly has exhibited a mastery of painting. More importantly, I feel the mere existence of such tribute art helps to prove the artistry that lies in such a cinematic masterpiece. True, perhaps a certain element of gravitas should be held back on a piece of art that was 1. commissioned by a large corporation (basically) and 2. concerns a lowly motion picture. Rather, I like to think that (withholding judgment from Dudash), the obvious time he spent in creating such a stunning piece helps demonstrate that a film like Casablanca is worth spending time on. It is worth the criticism and admiration of scores of generations.It is in this respect that I believe tribute art is important. It is concrete proof that a film has made enough of an impact to demand an investment in time, energy, and creative skill. And in this instance, such a piece is accessible to the public to help spread this great "truth" about the film. And Casablanca is a cause without a doubt deserving of such an investment.
|Publicity Still of the two stars:|
Bogart's Rick and Bergman's Ilsa remain some of the
most memorable characters in film history
Link: C.M. Dudash's Site